Dadas, Cireddu, Bowman and Buchanan Standouts at Record-Setting KB Trailer Sales 17th Annual No Box Bonanza
- Tuesday 24 June, 2014
While driver and fan attendance is traditionally high at the annual No Box Bonanza at Summit Motorsports Park, a new record has been set via the 465 vehicles that pounded pavement at the KB Trailer Sales 17th Annual No Box Bonanza, held June 20-22, 2014.
Rain forced an early end to Friday’s action, but Matt Dadas drove his ’80 Starfire to the winner’s circle on Saturday, marking his first No Box Bonanza win, and Brian Cireddu drove his ’67 Camaro to the winner’s circle on Sunday, marking his second No Box Bonanza win.
Dadas’ Starfire is motivated by a Rick’s Speedway Performance- built 406 cubic-inch Chevy engine stuffed with a Wiseco rotating assembly and topped with a BLP alcohol-sipping carburetor, a Powerglide by Rick Cole and an ATI converter. On Mickey Thompson slicks, it was rolling to 6.20s in the weekend’s eighth-mile event.
“The competition at Summit Motorsports Park is exceptionally tough, and I don’t consider myself to be half as good, so words can’t describe how happy I was to win,” said Dadas, who receives help and advice from his parents, Jim and Lisa Dadas, sister and fellow driver Lauren Dadas and fellow drivers Vic Ellinger, Matt Obertanec and Randy Biddle, Jr. “Everyone came over to congratulate me after I won, and it was just great to be able to do that at my home track.”
In addition to driving his Starfire for the event, Dadas drove his dad’s ‘82 Camaro to 6.50s in the eighth-mile and through several rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
“I’m usually pretty high-strung while I’m racing, but I managed to stay calm last weekend, and I think that helped me,” said Dadas. “The track was working great thanks to Kurt Johnson, DJ Lubinski and the rest of the crew, and everything just fell into place.”
Cireddu's Camaro is powered by a self-built 404 cubic-inch Chevy engine on a Dart block with Wiseco pistons and K1 rods and crank, and he backs it up with an Abruzzi Powerglide and converter. It spent time in the off-season at his dad Vince Cireddu's shop, Invincible Race Cars, where the framerails and the floor were raised and the tin was reworked to prevent the exhaust from further dragging on the low-rider. It was clocking 6.50s in the eighth-mile over the weekend.
Cireddu also hot-shoed fellow driver John Gregory’s Mustang for the event, but several rounds in, the car’s rear-end and driveshaft let go.
“I was down-track when it happened, and it sounded like a bomb went off,” said Cireddu, who won an enclosed trailer as part of Summit Motorsports Park's Accel Super Series Super 64 runoff in May. “Something came through the floor, and I think it was a piece of the U-joint or something. It was a little surprising to say the least.”
By Sunday, parts were staying in place and he was keeping up the pace.
“The car and I were working well together by the end of the weekend, and I was very happy to be able to accomplish what I did,” said Cireddu.
Other standouts at the event included Saturday’s runner-up, Nick Bowman, who posted an .037 and 7.71 in his ‘70 Duster and Sunday’s runner-up, A.J. Buchanan, who laid down an .030 and 6.53 in his ’91 Mustang.
By Mary Lendzion